Feb. 14, 2014
New Orleans - The 66th-ranked Tulane women's tennis team went toe-to-toe with 20th-ranked Auburn this afternoon, but despite a valiant effort by the Green Wave the Tigers prevailed 4-2 at the City Park Pepsi Center.
Tulane dropped to 3-4 overall this season and saw its two-match win streak snapped, while Auburn improved to 6-1 on the season.
"Today was an incredible day for us," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "We were literally a couple of points away from beating an SEC Top-20 team with so much energy and focus that I feel this is the biggest breakthrough we have had in quite some time. We are definitely going to carry this momentum into our match with USF on Sunday. I'm just so proud of the team. They really dug in and focused on the task at hand. If this is any indication of what's ahead, we are going to have an incredible year and I couldn't imagine doing it with any other team. It's a great Valentine's day gift for sure."
Despite dropping the doubles point and giving the Tigers a 1-0 advantage heading into singles, the Green Wave gave Auburn all it could handle in singles but came up short. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead following a win at No. 4 singles, but TU junior Margaux Hyman captured a three-set win at No. 6 over Michala Kucharova, 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (2), to put the home team on the board.
The Tigers extended their lead to 3-1 after claiming No. 3 singles, but senior Klara Vyskocilova made things interesting with her stunning, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10), upset of Auburn's 21st-ranked Pleun Bergmans at the top spot, and pulled the Wave to within a point.
Sophomore Ipek Birol took Auburn's Emily Flickinger to a third set at No. 2 and things looked to be going the Wave's way, but before Birol could finish her match the Tigers won at the No. 5 spot to claim the match.
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova/Jacqui Katz (TLN) vs. Emily Flickinger/Pleun Bergmans (AU), unfinished
No. 2 Reka Muller/Michala Kucharova (AU) def. Ipek Birol/Meredith Maltby (TLN), 6-3
No. 3 Jen Pfeifler/Jackie Kasler (AU) def. Sophie Blom/Emily Dvorak (TLN), 6-2
Order of Finish: 3,2
No. 1 Klara Vyskocilova (TLN) def. No. 21 Pleun Bergmans (AU), 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10)
No. 2 Ipek Birol (TLN) vs. Emily Flickinger (AU), unfinished
No. 3 Paula de Man (AU) def. Jacqui Katz (TLN), 6-3, 6-0
No. 4 Reka Muller (AU) def. Sophie Blom (TLN), 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 Jackie Kasler (AU) def. Meredith Maltby (TLN), 0-6, 7-5, 1-0 (9)
No. 6 Margaux Hyman (TLN) def. Michala Kucharova (AU), 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (2)
Order of Finish: 4,6,3,1,5